Mike 's Blog

28 Aug 2020

1796 D&H 42 Penny London P. Kempson.

Tokens | Mike

Hi every one. I hope your all well. The token you see at the bottom is one of Peter Kempsons London series.. He made 36 pennys. Now there were much heavier and bigger. This token has edge writing. It says " I Promise To Pay On Demand The Bearer One Penny X" . Now there were two different dies to some of these. Die A on the reverse and die B this one is die A. There was not that much difference between the two. A word that was it. The Guildhall in London if your there can be seen from King street. The building was built in 1411,but only the very fine crypt remains from the original structure. The fire of London in 1666 destroyed the roof and caused such damage that considerable repair was needed. A new roof was installed in 1669. The old hall was used as a bazaar by booksellers and vendors of various articles. Now I said the roof was put back on in 1669. However that was temporary and the roof on the token was added by George Dance in 1789..In 1870 a new council Chamber,Library,and Museum were added and the older parts were restored.. As if it had had luck it was badly damaged in air strike in the second world war,the original council Chamber and the roof again the great hall were destroyed. One thing I learned about the British is there resolve. They never let them famous buildings lay in rubble. Now remember it was built in 1411. It was rebuilt in1952 by Sir Giles Scott. Now many are amazed how good the shape of these tokens are. . Well I said in the first one they were sold to collectors and the public. Those sold to collectors were stored in a table like the one below. It has a marble top and many drawers to store the tokens. This one below was sold at Heritage ,don't think I didn't consider buying it. But my wife would throw me out. . It stopped the environment from damage to the tokens. They had a bed of felt that they laid on and stored like a safe. You look closely you will see the poles coming up. So when it was closed it looked like any other table. That's why I can buy a token with the rich color of red brown. They were taken very good care of. I have been lucky to be able to buy this art. I can't imagine how long it took to make a die of these buildings. Now here is something I found out. Kempson limited these to 200 A piece. Talk about low mintage. But it's a series I do not see anyone compleating. Not with the age and mintage. But think what it would look like. I have seen some in bad shape that gets me upset when I see so many in great shape. This token was bought before my set. And it still has that bright red color. I only wish the pictures could give them justice. Thanks for reading this I hope you enjoyed it. Stay safe . Mike

19 Aug 2020

St.Mary's Hall D&H 295 Warwickshire P. Kempson

Tokens | Mike

Hi everyone hope all is well. Today I will be writing about Conder Tokens. What are they . They were used in England during the 18th century. Why Conder. Well a Gentleman by the name.of Conder saw one an decided these were important . So he decided to catalog these beautiful tokens. Now Britain was not issuing any silver or gold.They were involved in so many wars it cost them. Like our civil war the people stepped up and made these. Some have the store on the reverse of on the edge. They made half pennies and penny's. . This way they could redeem them for goods. This set was made for collectors. Yes there were collectors back then. And they paid big money for these. The set is considered rare and scarce. The D&H number stands for Dalton And Hammer. A book that has them cataloged. Now there were many great designers and die sinkers. This one was made by P. Kempson. He was one of the best and there were also many others who were excellent. What happened they became a work of art in copper. P. Kempson put two sets together. One of all pennies and one of half pennies. I decided to put together one of his sets. The Coventry Set of tokens. There were 19 in the set. I was told I could not do this . Why well these were made in 1797. That's 223 years ago.It took five years but I did it. The token below is one of the set. They all graded MS 63 to MS 66 some red brown one proof like.. . Now St. Mary's Hall was built on Marys. street on the south side of St. Michael's Church. It says on the bottom St. Mary's Hall erected 6 in. It was built as a meeting and banquet hall for three of the city's guilds.St.Johns, St. Katherine Church, and Trinity Church. . This is the part I really enjoy. It was began about 1340-42. The great hall itself started in 1394 and finished in 1414. It was extensively repaired in 1580 and in 1753 the old brick floors were removed and wood planking put in.The windows you see at the bottom were of famous people Earls Dukes, Bishops Mayors,. In 1826 the Windows were replaced Pemberton of Birmanham. Why was this building important. All the public used it the corporation used it. That's during the reign of my friend Henry the VIII. The three other churches used it for there bussiness. What I find remarkable as I always say is the record keeping I mean back to the 1300's . I found I could not put it all in. Now enlarge the picture's the color was taken in the 20th century. The black and white the 19 century.not much change. Now look at the token almost to the brick. That's how good they were and the steam presses put out 60 to 80 per minute. This set is rare. It's so far the only known complete set. I will write another explaining these tokens. The token is12.96 grm 29 mm. The reverse is the crest of the town of coventry. An elephant for strength. On top a small castle were the soldiers would be and a wild cat to show there resolve. I'm very proud of this set it took two years to find the last one. NGC could not say its the only set . But they asked me to send it back and they put my name on the label. They do not do that to often. I was proud . But I had help from my friends at ANA. They didn't find any . But every time I was going to give up they kept me going. The set can be seen in the NGC Registry set or the web. Thanks I hope some of the new comers enjoyed this. It was last posted two years ago. If course more.information. And a picture of my research book. . That's what a research book should look like when your trying to find these. Thanks. Please enlarge the pictures. By the way the building is still standing!!!!!

13 Aug 2020


Coins - World | Mike

Hi my friends. I hope you all are o.k. Well on April 24. It will be the 104 Anniversary of the Easter Sunday Uprising. The coin was the first commemorative coin Ireland has ever made.. It has Patrick Pearse on the obverse and the mythological Cu Cullaine. He has an owl for wisdom and the strength of a god.The coin is made of silver and is Ten Shillings. His statue stands in the General Post Office today. Now two years before the weapons and dynamite had been brought to Ireland from Germany. That's when the planning started. There target was the General Post Office or as you hear the G.P.O.. Now the organizers knew they didn't stand a chance but they had to let the Brits know this is it. After centuries of murder starvation they were going to make a stand for independence. They had 1600 men and women against 20,000 seasoned troops. But Patrick started the battle that would last a few days.. You see the Brits wanted everyone associated with this great battle. And it was great. Sixteen hundred men and women with passion so deep to be free on there own soil. The heads of the rebellion were captured and brought to The jail for execution. Patrick Pearse had become sick and couldn't stand for his execution like a man. So the Brits shot him sitting in a chair. There didn't care if you were sitting standing or laying down they just wanted you dead. What Patrick didn't know before he died this would lead to Irish Independence. The sad part for a.later blog is that Michael Collins was fooled. He was big in the Easter Uprising and they sent him to negotiate the final armistice and Ireland would be united. But when he arrived there it was already done. This started a civil war. The Brits made a.deal and kept the six counties in the north know as Ulster. This lead to the troubles as it was called . The Irish Provisional Army know as the I.R.A. And other groups started there right for freedom a total unified one Ireland. But the Brits said no. I will not get into that uprising but below there are two pictors. One is a chart of the Irish Hunger Strikers held in mass prison known as H block.The members of the i.r.a. went on a hunger strike. British law said no one will die of starvation in prison. Well.They didn't force feed them They let them die. That's murder in my book.Please look at the list and the age of these young men and how long they went. Please enlarge it. Bobby Sands who started it was able to sneak out a small piece of paper that said "I HAVE THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM". . At his funeral there were thousands and thousands of people. The picture shows the I.R.A. men dressed in there hoods and gear.. I will end this blog just saying Ireland will never be free until it's united and justice has been met!. Thanks. There is to much information I could go on for pages.. But this one coin told only a part of the right for.freedom

03 Aug 2020

Look What I Found

Coins | Mike

What to do on a hot day? Well I turn on the air and go to my collection of 27 years now. I go though different coins one coin books another mint coins another all slabed, raw coins This takes allot of my time. I see them in a new perspective. For instance the 1964 20 count 6 round squares of Kennedys. Opened only twice in all these years.. Now I grade very well. Im 94% right .The Kennedy's I would grade at 66 or 67. That's the luster nothing on them not even dust. They were sealed.. I find treasures and think back to when I bought them. The coin below is a Fugio 1787. Do not ask me when I got this. The Obverse has the date and the wording below with high magnification says Mind Your Own Businesse. Wow. I have read about these. I knew I would never own one. The only thing I can think of is the coin fairy left it under my pillow. I don't know anyone who owns one. I will be sending it in. I'm not worried about the grade. .I'm worried that's it's real. To own a coin like this is a piece of our history. It's the earliest American Coin I own. 1787. That's clear and we are one is also visable. I'm curious to what metal was used. Copper pewter. I can not tell. The only thing I can think of is someone made a mistake on sending me a coin I ordered and by accident i got this. I own coins Xf I don't own a good. It doesn't matter as long as it's real. It was in a NGC box were I put rare coins. That's what I was doing yesterday.. No it's not a million dollars. I would be thrilled if it was worth a buck. Because you see coin collecting is not about value. Or how much is this worth. It's about collecting our history. It's about beauty. It's collecting something we like. Something every coin tells. A story. If this one could talk I would ask it were did you come from. It has to come after my accident. Unconscious for three months fractured neck and back. My memory and allot of my brain function I lost. This could explain me getting it. A relative or one of my neurosurgeons who got me collecting. Well we're ever it came from it will go th NGC. There's a story in this coin . Maybe they can help me with it. I hope you enjoyed this. Remember coins we collect today are for the future. That when you ask I wonder how much this is?

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